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Editor’s Pick: MAKE Matte Lipstick in Scarlet

By  July 10, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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Something special happens when a woman finds the perfect red lipstick. It’s like slipping into your always-appropriate LBD or settling on a classic, works-with-any-outfit pump. For me, a red lip is an instant amplifier, all things sass, and all things Beyoncé. What can I say? Girls—myself included—love her.

Now, imagine if you found a signature scarlet or bodacious berry hue that perfectly complemented your complexion, while powering the growth of a local, women-run co-op? I did, with MAKE Matte Lipstick in Scarlet. The cosmetics company, which runs under the socially-conscious We See Beauty marketplace, donates one-third of its sales—not profits—from every single product to the We See Beauty Foundation, which, in turn, creates sustainable products for the home and the body, supports female entrepreneurship, and builds sustainable communities.  

On a more superficial level, MAKE’s matte lippies are highly-pigmented and come in the sleekest of sleek packaging—minimalist maven approved. Color intensity is the brand’s number-one rule, and it really practices what it preaches, which makes me feel less guilty about swapping out my ubiquitous Ruby Woo. Plus, the collection is paraben- and preservative-free. Need I say more?!

Pucker up! – Angel Lenise

WeSeeBeauty.com, $25

5 Beautiful Uses For Olive Oil

By  July 10, 2014

beauty-uses-for-olive-oilYou use it to whip up a salad dressing or sauté up some chicken and garlic spinach. It resides in your kitchen in a glass bottle or one of those fancy spray cans. Olive oil is versatile when it comes to its culinary uses. But did you know it was equally amazing and useful for beauty uses? Allow me to share some of the more glamorous uses of this adaptable oil, so you can stash a bottle in your bathroom and on your bedside table for later!

Hot oil hair treatment – if you love whipping up your own hair products and potions, you know all about the powers of olive oil. It makes a great base for additional oils, a great addition to your conditioner if it needs a little extra slip and detangling power, and a restorative moisturizer as a warm pre-shampoo treatment.

Body scrub base – Do you prefer salt, or sugar? Either way, olive oil makes an excellent base for an at home body scrub. Use coarse turbinado sugar or coarse sea salt, add your favorite skin-safe essential oils for fragrance, and scrub away!

Makeup remover and skin cleanser – If you’re like me and you rock tear-resistant eyeliner and mascara meant to stay put despite the elements, you need a little effort to remove your handiwork at the end of the day. Using a cotton pad saturated with olive oil will help to loosen up and wipe away the hard to remove makeup, and many people use olive oil as their cleanser of choice in the oil cleansing method of skincare.

For shaving – If you’ve got dry skin, a little slick of olive oil will go a long way to ease your leg-shaving struggles. Olive oil is great for sensitive skin or super dry skin, but it can do a number on your razor blades. You can learn how to extend the life of your razor blades – by using your jeans! – via Lifehacker.

Healthy hairspray - Try this DIY Leave in Conditioning Hair Hydration Spray: 

  • Water
  • Aloe
  • Glycerin
  • Coconut oil
  • Castor oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Essential oils
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Tea

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Beauty On-Demand: 8 Beauty Apps You Should Download ASAP!

By  July 10, 2014

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Need a car service? There’s an app for that. Need to find the must-have skirt of the season? There’s an app for that, too! Our smartphones have become the essential tool to manage our day to day, and now, thanks to on-demand beauty services apps (from blowouts and makeup to in-home kickboxing and yoga classes) they’re adding a little glamour to our lives too. Whether you’re in dire need of a haircut and can’t get to a salon or you just want to relax with a massage or mani-pedi at home, these eight beauty apps have got you covered.

Urban Decay Delves Into Pulp Fiction

By  July 09, 2014

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Pulp Fiction is celebrating its 20 anniversary by receiving the beauty treatment.

Urban Decay is helping every Tarantino fan channel her inner Mia Wallace with a beauty collection inspired by the iconic flick. Beauty buffs can expect to see matching lipstick, lip liner, and nail polish in a deep red named after Uma Thurman’s cool character. They’re paired with a Heavy Metal glitter liner in “Gunmetal” to tap into the gritty action and a five-shade eye shadow palette in neutral hues that will complement any skin tones. The screen gems are set to hit shelves July 16 with prices ranging from $19 to $34.

Though there are the classic movie posters, t-shirts, and even wallets (yup, we’re talking about that wallet), a makeup collection provides a fresh take on movie merchandise. We can’t wait to swipe on the new Urban Decay lipstick nd sway to the sounds of Urge Overkill’s cover of “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”

Miranda Kerr Bursts with Joy in Her First Escada Ad

By  July 08, 2014

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Miranda Kerr is re-defining the term “merry go round” in her first Escada campaign.

The luxury brand unveiled the ad over the July 4 weekend on Instagram after naming the mega model as its new face back in March. “I love what the fragrance stands for…finding pleasure and joy in the moments that make your day,” Kerr shared in the snap that featured her going for a ride on a carousel surrounded by pink peonies.

The big blooms aren’t just for show; the dew-kissed flower is at the heart of the scent. Juicy black current gives the top note a fruity twist; magnolia adds depth to the heart; and honeycomb ground the scent with a touch of sweetness. With a scent this pretty, no wonder she can’t stop smiling!

The Simpsons x MAC Collaboration Will Debut at Comic Con

By  July 07, 2014

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Fangirls and makeup mavens, listen up! You’ll have to head to San Diego if you want first dibs on The Simpsons and MAC collection.

The brand will offer a sneak peak of the collaboration with a one-day sale in the Gaslamp District (at 234 Fifth Avenue) during Comic Con where beauty buffs can snap up the pieces and receive a Simpsons-style makeover. Even if you can’t make it to the convention, you can join in on the fun and get the latest info with the hashtag #MACandMarge.

To amplify our excitement, MAC also released the first images of the colorful cosmetics. The 10-piece collection includes nail stickers inspired by the residents of Springfield; lipglasses with pigments to match the Simpsons’ signature skin tone; an array of shadows pulled directly from Patty and Zelma’s wardrobe; a set of lashes that would make any Simpson girl jealous; and a pretty pink blush embossed with Marge’s profile. Prices will range from $16.50 for the nail stickers and lippies to $44 for the shadows, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I must say that Lisa’s Spikes really works well with my skin tone and of course, Beehive Blue complements my hair perfectly,” Marge said in a statement.  

We’ll be setting aside a few bucks from our Comic Con budget to snap these makeup musts ASAP!

Meet Lancôme’s Latest Lovely: Caroline de Maigret

By  July 07, 2014

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Lancôme is going back to its fashionable French roots with it latest ambassador, Caroline de Maigret.

For those unfamiliar with de Maigret, she’s a model, music producer, and muse whose “ultra-chic casualness” has landed her on best dressed lists across the pond for years. This could be linked to her own aristocratic roots: she the granddaughter of a minister, who is a descendent of a Polish king and French empress. “Caroline has this very French form of curiosity and creativity that can be applied with an open mind to extremely varied fields, from art to music, from beauty to fashion,”Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International, noted in a statement.

De Maigret marks a decided turn for the brand that’s boasted some of Hollywood brightest stars like Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts, and Penelope Cruz (just to name a few). The multihyphenate will star in the beauty brand’s upcoming campaign in September as she hits the road to promote her French lifestyle tome, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. But even better, she’ll collaborate with Lancôme on an original makeup collection that will hit shelves in 2015 and channel de Maigret’s joie de vivre. “I am delighted by this collaboration, which is unlike any other and which truly reflects Lancôme,” she said. ”It’s the beginning of a lovely adventure with this brand that I love so much. A brand that offers a different vision of femininity: one that is free, intelligent, and that touches both the heart and mind.”

Talk about adding your own certain je nais sais quoi!

Adriana Lima Gets Her Glow On in Her First Maybelline Ad

By  July 07, 2014

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Adriana Lima is living in a dream in her first campaign with Maybelline New York after a four-year break.

The mega model looks lit from within with the ad for the brand’s new Dream Wonder Foundation, which just hit shelves over the July 4 weekend. The formula boasts a light and smooth finish thanks to its teardrop applicator to create the perfect no-makeup makeup look. It seems she might’ve paired the fresh foundation with a swipe of Maybelline’s Color Sensational The Buffs lip color to round out her ethereal look for the snap.

Thanks to the nearly nude faces featured on fall and spring runways, we’re sure the foundation will quickly become a makeup must!

Glam on the Go: The Travel Kits to Pack for Your Summer Getaway

By  July 03, 2014

We know everyone’s counting down the minutes until they can say goodbye to their desks and hello to the summer sun! To help you get a head start on packing, we pick a few of our favorite travel kits from haircare to skincare to ensure your beauty routine doesn’t have to take a vacation just because you did!

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The Sweaty Girl's Summer Survival Kit

By  July 03, 2014

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Sweating (or rather, not sweating) is always on our minds from our wardrobe choices to our work meetings. Of course, all of our worst fears are magnified during the summer when the heat and humidity kick into high gear. Sure, it’s a natural function in order to cool us off, but it’s difficult to appreciate how efficient our sweat glands are if you’re constantly worrying about how uncool it looks to perspire in public. Don’t sweat it this summer! We’ve found a few solutions to prevent, minimize, or at least hide our hidrosis:

1. The Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are useful to keep in your purse. While they don’t prevent sweat, they absorb the excess oil on your face. Available at Target for $4.99.

2. Need that finishing touch? The bareMinerals Mineral Veil, available at Sephora for $21.00, will help mattify skin so you look hot, but not hot and sweaty.

3. Deodorant may mask the odor, but you need antiperspirant to help minimize the sweat. Try Secret’s Clinical Strength Sport Fresh Antiperspirant/Deodorant available at Drugstore.com for $12.49.

4. The Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray, available at Sephora for $30.00 will give you the “chill” look you desperately want in the summer heat. The spray will prevent your making from melting and give you the fresh look from day to night. 

5. Tired of always having greasy hair during the summer heat? Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo, available in a travel size at Walmart for $2.99, can help absorb oil from your hair leaving it looking freshly washed.

6. Baby Powder is a classic solution to cure sweaty feet, hands and even armpits; throw some baby powder in your hair, or even dab it on your face to set in the make-up, and it’ll absorb the grease and oil. Johnson’s baby powder with soothing aloe and vitamin e is available for $1.97 at Target.

7. Med-e-tate wipes, marketed for excessive sweaters, can be used anywhere on your body. The product contains similar ingredients and aims to accomplish similar effects as Botox injections (often used to combat severe sweating). The wipes are available at Sephora for $48.00.

8. Smashbox’s Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer, sold at Sephora for $20.00,  is sweat and humidity resistant and will keep your eye shadow looking flawless from the moment you put it on in the morning until you take it off at night without having to worry about smudging.

9. M.A.C. Blot Powder/Pressed, available at Nordstrom for $25.00, controls oil on your face and reduces shine, eliminating the sweaty-disheveled look and leaving your face make-up looking fresh, finished and most importantly not flushed.